South Africa finally has some good news regarding the battle against HIV. A town called Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal - an area in which one in four people are living with HIV - has reached the UNAids goals‚ known as 90-90-90.
This means that 90% of people living with HIV in the area know their status‚ 90% of HIV-positive people are on antiretroviral treatment‚ and 90% of these have suppressed the virus in their blood.
The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been running an HIV project called Bending the Curves in partnership with the Department of Health in Eshowe. It covers 10 clinics and two hospitals.
A survey of over 3 000 people concluded that 90% of people living with HIV knew their status‚ 94% of those were on antiretroviral treatment‚ and 95% of those had a suppressed viral load.
By comparison, using the same method‚ SA nationally is estimated to be at 85-71-86.
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